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Asheville police investigating three shootings of occupied Dwellings, Residents uninjured

Asheville, NC (Jan. 3, 2023): Asheville Police were dispatched early Monday morning to investigate three apparent drive-by shootings, two of which were at the same location within hours of each other.

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Asheville, NC (Jan. 3, 2023): Asheville Police were dispatched early Monday morning to investigate three apparent drive-by shootings, two of which were at the same location within hours of each other.

The first incident occurred around 2:40 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2. Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Atkinson Street for reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located an unoccupied vehicle with multiple bullet holes, along with an apartment that was shot into. There were two residents inside the apartment, one of which was a child, but fortunately, no one was injured. Officers located a total of nine shell casings in the area.

The second incident occurred shortly after, around 2:50 a.m., near the 130 block of Iris Street. The homeowner informed APD officers that they heard a gun discharge and a vehicle driving away but could not provide a description. Officers canvassed the residence and located damage to the east side of the home. They also located nine shell casings outside of the residence.

The third incident occurred around 4:05 a.m. also near the 130 block of Iris Street. The homeowner informed APD officers they heard gun discharge again and a vehicle driving away but could not provide a description. Officers canvassed the residence again and located additional damage to the east side of the residence. They also found damage to the homeowner’s vehicle that was parked across the residence and located eight shell casings outside of the residence.

There have been 10 confirmed instances of shots fired in 2023. So far this year, officers and forensic technicians have recovered 43 shell casings from these crime scenes.

APD investigators are asking for the public’s help with any information about this shooting. Please contact APD at (828) 252-1110, or you can send an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411.


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